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. >>> well on come to wourd wide exchange. as is an decide barrels towards the east code, u.s. authorities order thousands to evacuate for the the biggest storm. >> my first message is to all the people across the eastern seaboard atlantic going north that you need to take this very seriously. >> all u.s. stock markets will be closed today. its first weather related closures in 27 years. and shares in ubs rise in the open after reports swiss bank may cut 10,000 investment banking jobs and wind down up to 15 trading businesses. police wen and his family fight back. their lawyers call it untrue and are considering legal action against the "new york times." for our u.s. viewers, the show will be on just one hour this week because europes has gone off daylight savings time, so we're just four hours ahead now of new york time. hurricane sandy is also still several hours away from make landfall, but the impact of the storm is already being felt. transportation has ground to a halt as new york and other major eastern cities have shut down mass transit, airlines canceling flights and
. >> europe went off daylight savings time a week ahead of the u.s. back to full schedule next week. in the meantime, sandy is no longer a hurricane by name, but still making a major impact. storm made landfall monday night along new jersey east koer. still packing hurricane force sandy is expected to weaken, but the rain could linger. already at least ten deaths have been blamed on the storm. u.s. markets will be closed for a second day today. still electronic trading. the last time by the way the new york stock exchange was closed for more than a day because of weather, 1888. when a snowstorm piled up to 40-foot drifts. u.s. refineries had to shut nearly all the east coast fuel supplies ahead of sandy and they'll begin assessing damage today. three of the key six refineries shut down. analysts estimate sandy could cost between $5 billion and $10 billion in ensured losses. it would be the fifth costliest hurricane in u.s. history. sandy could cause more wind and flood damage than hurricane irene did last year. new york city and especially lower manhattan saw its shares of flooding
. now residents belong a long and costly recovery process. >> the u.s. markets are set to reopen after being closed the last few days. the new york mass transit system is still shut down. >>> new sthats now expect profit growth to hit the slowest since lifting. >>> welcome to today's show. the good news is financial markets start trading again. >> well, good news or it depends on how they open. certainly there's people with pent up demand. >> i think whatever happens, the fact that we're back up and trading is a good thing. >> the interesting question is why. but why couldn't the new york stock exchange have gone with its electronic trading systems. will this serve as a catalyst to maybe pursue that route the next time with more confidence. >> it's a day of cleanup. >> yes, it is. millions of people in the northeastern u.s. will spend days or weeks to recover from sandy, which is being blamed for at least 46 deaths. at its peak, more than 8.5 million homes and businesses were without power. new york city and new jersey, especially the jersey shore, were the hardest hit. president obama
of the presidential debate. the issue of yesterday's jobs report is already being eyed as the big topic. u.s. unemployment falling to 7.8% in september. that is the first time that it's been below 8% in nearly four years. so what is the political impact of all of this with exactly one month until election day. shane is editor of xiansz and elections magazine and joins us with more insight. before we talk about specific numbers in the report. tell me overall what are the positives and negatives that each campaign can take from the latest jobs report? >> for president obama there is certainly a couple short term positives. the fact that the unemployment rate is now below that 8% mark, that is sort of psychological indicator there that i think no doubt helps the argument that he has been trying to make on the campaign trail. this is not the recovery we all wanted but we're on the road. for mitt romney it does take away one of talking points he has been very big on, number of consecutive months that the number has been at 8% or above, that line is gone from his speech. short term positives are t
, the u.s. district court ruled the state had failed to provide a convincing argument and must extend early weekend voting to all, not just members of the military. democrats have accused republicans of seeking to block early voting in a bid to disenfranchise those likely to cast their ballots for president obama. asking the supreme court to intervene, the ohio secretary of state called the ruling in an unprecedented intrusion. the supreme court has rejected a challenge to a 2008 law granting immunity to telecom companies that aided the bush administration's warrantless domestic spy program. groups including the electronic frontier foundation and the american civil liberties union had brought the case, consolidating 33 different lawsuits against the company's after a lower court ruled that the firms are protected by congressionally mandated retroactive immunity. in appeals court upheld the case's dismissal last year. on tuesday, the supreme court declined to hear it without comment. the ruling could mark the end of legal attempts to hold the telecom firms accountable for the spying. i
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. there is conflicting information it released. one congresswoman is calling for the resignation of u.s. ambassador susan rice while others continue to criticize her over her initial statement abouts the attack on the consulate in benghazi wasn't being a spontaneous up rising over an anti pmuslim video. >> what she said is total ignorance of facts on the ground. five days later. five days went by. we have reports intelligence knew within 24-hours it was a terrorist attack. they sent her out to say things that were absolutely false and continues to do so which is again real liter as i say willful ignorance or abysmal lack of knowledge of the facts. >> the obama administration claims the facts are still being gathered in the initial report of the attack information was not clear enough that it was a terrorist attack. >>> information was rived at determinations were made that was shared with the american people. the focus needs to be how do we make sure our facilities and ambassadors are secure going forth. >> the president called it an act of terror the day after it happened. when you are the responsibilit
to step down. the u.s. says it will slech gate the attack. >> mitt romney taking a debate he officiated the coin toss between members of his staff and the media. >> don't worry about injuries, guys. >> physical whoa! >> final score of 14-14 tie. those are your 5@5 headlines. >> very fitting much like the polls almost all tied up. >> now it's time for the first degree weather update with maria molina. maria starting to feel a whole lot like fall outside. >> good morning patti ann and heather. we are talking about temperatures that are right where the they should be this time of year just like they should be like in october and fall. the carolinas into florida. 43 in raleigh and 2k50egs in new york city. i want to head west ward. we are talking about temperatures well above average not feeling like fall across kansas city 75 over dallas and san antonio. we head too the afternoon hours they should be anywhere between 10-15 degrees above average for some of you. really feeling the warmth. out east a beautiful day. high pressure dominating. light of sunshine pektsed later on today. i don't t
start" begins now. >>> it came out warning. riveting new details of the attack in libya that killed a u.s. ambassador, a different story than we were told. >>> a battle over big bird. shout out to both candidates on the campaign trail, now sesame street is saying stop! >>> racial balance under the microscope of the supreme court. justices argue today over affirmative action and college admissions. big "newsday" here. good morning, welcome to "early start. "i'm john berman. >> i'm zoraida sambolin. the state department is giving its most detailed account of the speed, severity and calculation behind last month's attack on the u.s. mission in benghazi in libya. the house oversight committee will weigh in on security failings during a hearing scheduled for later today. the state department saying the attack was not a spontaneous offshoot of protest and saying u.s. and security personnel in benghazi were outmanned and no reasonable security presentation could have fended off the assault. u.s. ambassador christopher stephens and three others were killed in the attack. arwa damon helps peace to
of the u.s. win the nobel prize for physics enabling manipulating and measuring quantum systems. the award carries a $1.2 million prize for each. and nobel prizes for chemistry, literature, economics and the nobel peace prize will be announced throughout the week. >>> following breaking news also out of asia. north korea says that its missiles can reach the u.s. mainland. that's new this morning. this warning comes after the u.s. agreed to let south korea have missiles capable of striking anywhere in the north. pyongyang says that professionals the south and its allies are plotting to invade the country. most experts question whether north korea has mastered the technology needed to launch an attack against the u.s. >>> a post-debate for mitt romney has him leading in at least one poll. a survey by pew research shows mitt romney now holds a 4-point lead over the president, 49% to 45%. it amounts to a huge swing for the former governor who trailed the president by 8 points in pew's previous poll, just about a month ago, 51-43. the poll shows romney's favorability is rising and he is making
the morale of foreign troops serving in the war zone. u.s. military officials say an attack on saturday that killed two americans was especially unnerving as several afghan soldiers and possibly insurgents opened fire from several directions. nbc's chief foreign correspondent, richard engel, has been covering this war for almost the full 11 years. he filed this report from kabul. >> reporter: this woman is about to die. executed for adultery. the man she was with got off scot-free. the taliban recently filmed this video of their justice as a warning and to say they're making a comeback. some 30 miles away in the village, we saw few signs of what the u.s. would consider progress in afghanistan and no evidence that the american plan to hand over to a credible, stable afghan government will work. these village elders tell me once u.s. troops leave, a civil war will begin, and u.s.-trained afghan forces will not be able to stop it. are you preparing for this fight? are you already stockpiling weapons and ammunition and getting yourself ready? "yes, we are. we will definitely fight," he says
evening i'm susie gharib. u.s. stocks are trading again, after hurricane sandy forces an historic two-day shutdown. >> tom: wall street gets back to business, as damage and recovery estimates start to climb, plus, what it takes to restore power to millions in the northeast. >> susie: and with stocks open for trading, no surprise, home depot was the dow's standout. >> tom: lots ahead, that and more tonight on "n.b.r."! >> susie: an historic day on here on wall street, after the storm of the century knocked down the financial district. us stock markets resumed operations today after two days in the dark, stocks were little changed: both the dow and the nasdaq fell 10 points, but the s&p 500 gained a fraction. trading here at the new york stock exchange opened without a hitch. the new york stock exchange opened right on time. and as new york's mayor bloomberg rang the opening bell this morning, traders were happy to be back to work. it looked like a normal day, with the buzz of activity, traders milling about. it was anything but normal no one knows that better than larry leibowitz, the
was not handcuffed but surrounded by five u.s. marshals. the judge read the complaint and issued an order of detention. the suspect now being held behind bars in brooklyn. he did not enter a plea. his next court appearance hasn't been set and court appointed attorney didn't d. not answer questions on her way out of here, jon. >> jon: what do we know about this guy. >> according to the fbi he came to the u.s. in january of this year with the sole purpose of creating some kind of terror attack against the united states. 21-year-old bangladeshy national named quasi mohammed asan nafez. he had ties to al qaeda. he also went on facebook they say to try to recruit jihadists to help with this terror plot to in his words destroy america. and undercover fbi agent contacted him and helped him collect what he thought was a thousand pound explosives. they load the material in the van. the undercover fbi agent drove it to the federal bank downtown while he assembled the detonator and allegedly attached it to the explosives. they parked the van next to a bank. they went to a nearby hotel and that's whe
. a nation watched as the candidates clashed over attacks that killed a u.s. ambassador. now each side continues to battle over the administration's response. >> to be clear, he was in the rose garden and he talked about acts of terror. >> the bottom line is i think the american people know the story keeps changing from this administration on libya. >> jon: tonight, the debate over the time line and the role of the moderator. plus, one of the world's most recognized brands cuts its ties with one of the biggest names in sports. and now as the doping scandal grows, word lance armstrong has stepped down as chairman of the cancer foundation he helped create. so what should the rest of us do with all those yellow bracelets? >> jon: we begin tonight with details of an attempted terror attack foiled in the heart of new york city and word that president obama was among the original targets. good evening. i'm jon scott in for shepard smith. hours ago, we learned federal agents arrested a man who they say was attempting to detonate a bomb right near the new york federal reserve. three blocks fro
. and also tonight defense secretary leon paneta weighing in on the deadly attacks saying that the u.s. is investigating a new lead in the case. the focus two men from tunisia with fake passports and held up and they have a connection to the attack, all of this as obama administration is facing new questions from law makers and could have done more about the safety of the four americans killed in libya. among the dead u.s. ambassador chris stevens. >> harris, it has been 25 days since four americans were murdered in libya the latest word from leon paneta, the hunt is on for the people responsible . he said it is too early to tell if the two men arrested were al-qaida affiliated . >> we are doing everything possible to go after those involved in the attack in libya . >> five days after the deadly raid on the embassy in benghazi ambassador susan rice said the attack spontanous and not necessarily terrorism. but she relied on the information that the intelligence community provided to her. information that she said represented the best current ark sessment as of the date of the her televi
americans. the bomber drove into a nato patrol. doug mcelway joins us live. it was a couple weeks ago the u.s. suspended patrols with afghan soldiers because of these insider attacks. have these joint patrols resumed now? >> reporter: they have. they resumed last thursday and the insider attacks have also resumed. not only the attack you just mentioned but also the suicide bomber attack, homicide bomber attack. the motorcycle laden with explosives drove into that marketplace. critics say this attacks reflect an obama foreign policy that refuses to acknowledge the reality on the ground. u.s. marines are tying tourniquets to their legs in hopes of surviving ied attacks before they go out on patrol. >> we are going to get after this. it reverit. it reverberates. we are willing to sacrifice a lot for this campaign but we are not willing to be murdered for it. >> reporter: the death toll reached 2,000 over the weekend. martha: what is the afghan point of view as far as we can glean about these insider attacks? >> reporter: critics say the obama administration has set a date for withdrawal extra. >
alert. two u.s. service members died in insurgent attack in eastern afghanistan. just last week u.s. marked a somber mile tone with 2000us troops killed in the ongoing conflict. it comes amid strong words with leon panetta with amid karzai . he claimed that the allied forces are not doing enough. now panetta said karzai should focus on what nato troops have done in sacrifice for helping his country. >> it would be helpful if the president would express his thanks for the sacrifices that were made by those who fought and died for afghanistan rather than critize . >> panetta offering up his thoughts in a trip to peru. he will head to brussels for the talks on the road ahead in afghanistan and continuing troop withdrawals. >>> and attackings by members of the afghan forces against the nato troops is raising concerns it has strained relations and serious lease undermined nato trust in afghan partners. oliver north is joiningugs near kabul, afghanian where he is embedded with special opposition forces. the insider attacks. >> these are young americans. >>> and killed more than 50 ally tr
. >> reporter: quazi mohammad nafis came to the u.s. from bangledesh on a student visa to study at southeast missouri state university. he caught the f.b.i.'s attention allegedly in an extremist online chat room trying to form a terror cell. agents posing as al qaeda facilitators arranged a meeting with nafis, in which he allegedly laid out his plan to attack new york city. an f.b.i. affidavit alleges that nafis helped building a 1,000-pound bomb in a long island warehouse. in audio and videotaped conversations with an f.b.i. informant, nafis allegedly said he wanted to "destroy america" on behalf of al qaeda. according to the f.b.i., while planning the bombing, nafis told an undercover agent, "what i really mean is that i don't want something that's, like, small. i just want something big, something very big." this morning, the 21-year-old allegedly drove a van he believed carried the bomb downtown and parked it in front of the federal reserve bank of new york. nafis walked a short distance to this hotel, where the f.b.i. says he then recorded a video claiming responsibility for the attack.
a tropical storm warning as hurricane sandy sets her sights on the u.s. mainland. millions of people along the east coast preparing for her wrath. it could devastate a large portion of the country. >> plus americans targeted for terror by al-qaeda. the brand-new plot exposed. we will have a live report. but first, we are awaiting the start of governor mitt romney's final rally today in the battleground state of florida. just 10 days to go until election day, both candidates are not wasting anytime this weekend reaching out and trying to anyway to as many voters as they can. the chief political correspondent carl cameron joins us to the governor's rally. carl, good to see you. >> hi, rick. we are right now on interstate 4 in florida. the famed corridor wherefore decades, successful republican candidates have mined votes for victory. mitt romney just wrapped up an event in kiss saw -- kis sigh mee. earlier the day he started in the pan ham of pensacola, florida, a very, very republican part of the state. it was with a crowd of 8,000, 9,000 people in a big school auditorium he actually starte
things we are that we need in this country. i am originally from europe. i am an immigrant who was a u.s. citizen. in europe, people talk about politics and are educated about in the family. here, people are apathetic about politics. they take everything for granted because they do not realize that problems could result of the don't pay attention. whether there should be 8 for the line for people who are undecided, they are not undecided, they don't know what is going on. i saw a news item right after the presidential debate on c- span, they were doing a focus group on the undecideds. it turns out that one of the women in the focus group was an actress who was paid to be in the focus group. it just shows the extent to which people who are running once did do people into going for -- want to do people into going for what they what. -- want to dupe people into going for what they want. host: here is a comment on twitter -- here is another bad from crossroads from the karl rove group. >> obama promised -- if your family is making $250,000 per year, my plan will not raise your taxes. >> on
. >> the kenyan women brought back to the u.s. to answer charges of abusing a nursing home patient has pled not guilty today. the trial date for anise tussah is no scheduled for december 12. her legend of use of a 90-year- old man was caught on tape, fled to native kenya before she could be brought up on charges. after a five-year search and an extradition process, she was returned to the u.s. last month. the two men convicted of murdering a man outside capt. town center will learn their fate today. prosecutors are talking about life in prison without parole. there to members of the back row of family gang. -- they are two members of the black guerrilla family gain. just before 5:30 p.m. yesterday, police say that a man was walking in and home and was supported leave reproached -- and lose reportedly approached from behind and shot in the torso. today, the community is remembering five people killed yesterday in the early-morning house fire in northeast baltimore. stuffed animals and candles marked the entrance of the home were the four children and their grandmother were killed. nine famil
, we know he was referring to a lot of the protests around in the region, and even the killing of the u.s. ambassador in benghazi, libya, but when you listen to what he is saying here, how much of it do you think is about a failed strategy or what is simply out of the white house's controlt this point, what is going on in the middle east? >> well, a lot of it is clearly out of the white house's control what's happening in the middle east. it doesn't make any difference what the strategy would have been. there are internal developments in north africa and in the middle east that are happening right now, and irrespective of what the u.s. and others can do, those developments are going to go forward for good or for bad. >> his articulation for a continued internationalist role for the united states, because including some of the conservative movements, some republicans who want to have more of an isolationist, a retreat, if you will, from an international involvement, go back to the u.s. borders, stay away from so many issues around the world, cut back on u.s. foreign aid, for example. you h
picture is developing from the state department about what really happened when gunmen stormed the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya and killed four americans including the u.s. ambassador there. the obama administration initially claimed the attacks stemmed from a protest over an anti-islam film produced in the united states. and posted to youtube. but officials at the state department say that was never their conclusion adding there was no protest at all. in fact, diplomats first realized they were under at being a when they heard exploegs and saw armed men entering their compound. a quick response team was dispatched with 60 libyan militia men to try to stop the assault, but they were too late. by then the attackers already had set fire to the building where ambassador chris stevens was hiding. that account directly conflicts the description of the attack provided on "meet the press" by u.s. ambassador to the u.n. susan rice. this was on september 16th, five days after the attack. >> putting together the best information that we have available to us today, our current assessment is
their ballots. in the closely watched massachusetts race for u.s. senate, a new poll shows democrat whiz breath warren pulling away from republican incumbent scott brown 53% to 46%. last month only a four point difference separated the two. fact checkers are calling out the romney campaign for a new ad implying that the obama administration's overseeing the outsourcing of autoworkers jobs. >> obama took gm and chrysler into bankruptcy and sold chrysler to italians who will build jeeps in china. >> not so bad says the ceo of chrysler issuing a statement reaching jeep production whether not be moved from the united states to china, it is inaccurate to suggest anything different. today president obama tours the storm devastation in atlantic city and vice president biden makes two campaign stops in florida. mr. romney will also be in florida as he makes three stops. paul ryan will spend the day campaigning in his home state of wisconsin. let's get back to sandy, because two of the three major airports serving the new york area, kennedy and newark, they'll start to reopen with limited service later
is getting back to the u.s. many americans have found they haven't been able to get a flight until this weekend. something that becomes very expensive when you consider that some u.s.-based airlines are not helping people out with hotel payments. we talked to a family from philadelphia today who was able to tentatively book a flight just now on friday back home. and they were able to book on ba. they've been provided with with breakfast, lunch, dinner and hotel accommodations. that's helping them out. what we haven't been seeing is lines at the airport because all airlines for the most part have been very good at notifying passengers and telling them not to show up at the airport until further notice. >> michelle kosinski in london. thanks. >>> it is back to business for wall street today after sandy sidelined the heartbeat of america's financial world. plus george lucas makes a blockbuster deal that will bring three new star wars movies to the silver screen. >>> in weather, a powerful storm is coming into the pacific northwest. you the worst weather in the country on this hallowee
that was responsible for leaving this system and sending it back at the u.s. is still sitting there. we have another day or two until we can get rid of the storm. the concern this morning is that everyone without power, temperatures in the 40s. very cold. snow is winding down. only a little more is expected. people without power, a chilly morning for you. that's a look at your forecast. now here's a look at the weather outside your window. well, on this halloween, many areas of the country will actually see beautiful weather. it's unfortunate the areas near sandy, great lakes, ohio valley still have to deal with the cloudsnd and occasional showers. i'll have the complete halloween forecast later. >>> bill, thanks so much. >>> also coming up, the presidential election is less than 140 hours away and sandy could end up being the major factor in choosing our next president. >>> plus, years of medical research at one of the nation's top colleges destroyed by sandy. much more ahead this morning on "early today." >>> welcome back. election day is now less than 140 hours away, but right now for millions of
media say at least 40 people across the u.s. have been killed. experts have downgraded sandy from a hurricane to post tropical cyclone by the time it hit shore. still, new yorkers have never seen anything like it. >> we expected an unprecedented storm impact here in new york city. that's what we got. so while the worst of the storm is passed conditions are still dangerous. i just can't stress that enough. >> a power station in manhattan exploded. power was knocked out to much of the burough. city officials say it will take one week to restore power as well as the walteter, rail and other services. 2 million households across new york state are still without electricity. the u.s. nuclear regulatory commission says workers are alerted at the nuclear power plant on the new jersey coast. officials were concerned about high water levels. three other nuclear mranlplants new jersey and new york were shut down because of high water and damage to the electrical grid. new yorkers found their streets, businesses, and homes flooded. they spent the day trying to dry out. >> the streets of down
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voting in key swing states, including virginia and ohio. no u.s. presidential election has ever been delayed or cancelled in our nation's history, but congress has the authority to do so. there's also been concern that the storm could delay friday's release of october unemployment numbers. the last jobs report before the election. as of this morning the labor department says it does intend to have those numbers available friday. meantime, both president obama and mitt romney have put their campaign trips on hold because of the storm and the need to deal with this aftermath. >>> a deadly school bus accident in northern kentucky monday afternoon, two pre-schoolers were killed when their bus overturned and slammed into a tree. four other children were taken to local hospitals. the bus driver escaped without being harm. the cause of this crash is still under investigation. >>> a shuffle for apple executives after some embarrassing software glitches and retail staff cuts. software chief scott forestall will be leaving next year. the reason, reported lit glitches in apple maps which gave u
to the u.s. program. this woman lost two sons to "fast and furious" guns. >> they feel helpless. they don't know what to do. we interview one of them and they say, who is going to pay for this? >> reporter: it could be the u.s. government, should the family of border agent brian terry prevail in their wrongful death claim. >> the people can go and sue in the united states with american lawyers that would be a very interesting development certainly. >> reporter: for its part the mexican government has remained largely silent, unwilling to criticize its northern neighbor. >> our political elites only worried about obtaining the next position and they and benefits they obtain being in politics. >> reporter: now univision aired its one hour special last night. it alleged that the u.s. ran a second gun-running operation, castaway out of tampa, that knowingly supplied guns to cartels in colombia and honduras. the sad part of this, gregg, out of 2000 guns in "fast and furious" we can only account for about 800. so the karnage will continue for years to come. gregg: a lot of guns remaining out th
with news the u.s. unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest level in nearly four years. this is especially important because it's one of the last unemployment reports we're going to get before the presidential election. of course, both campaigns are putting their own versions on today's development. and we'll get their reactions in a matter of minutes. this morning, the labor department reporting unemployment fell from 8.1% to 7.8% last month after businesses added 114,000 jobs. here is a look at how the rate has fluctuated during president obama's administration. you can see that sharp rise in the beginning when we were still in a recession. and then a gradual slow lowering over the last couple of years. the unemployment news comes as we get word that americans borrowed $18 billion more in august than the month before. much of that borrowing coming in the form of credit cards and student loans. wall street reaction somewhat mixed today. the dow gaining 35 and closing at its highest level in nearly five years on this friday. the nasdaq dropped 13. the s&p 500 was flat.
political panel weighs in. >> rick: remembering a fallen border patrol hero, the u.s. homeland security secretary making an emotional visit to nicholas ivie's family today. >> arthel: hard to believe, the holiday shopping rush is just around the corner. amazing products that might make santa's list. the first, governor mitt romney is set to speak at a campaign rally near orlando, minutes from now. and you are now looking at live pictures from the rally, amphitheater and meanwhile, earlier in the day, his wife, ann was greeted with kind words, by supporters at an orlando campaign office. >> i really believe, that your husband is going to be, i think that he will have as much impact as ronald reagan, if not more. >> he'll do better than ronald reagan. >> i felt that for a long time, so... >> arthel: carl cameron is live in apopka, florida where the governor is set to take the stage, fund-raising news from both campaigns, carl? >> reporter: that's right, may be a while before we see governor romney, it is lightning country in florida and the campaign's arrival is delayed because of fear th
more dangerous under president obama's watch. exhibit a was last month's attack that left a u.s. ambassador dead at the american consulate in libya. >> the attacks on america last not should not be seen as random acts. they're expressions of a larger struggle playing out across the broader middle east and i'll vigorously pursue the terrorists who attacked our consulate in benghazi and killed our fellow americans. >> reporter: romney then seized on the recently violence in syria and the potential for an iranian nuclear weapon to issue a dire warning, that war in the region could be on the horizon. >> it's clear that the risk of conflict in the region is higher now than when the president took office. >> reporter: the gop nominee pledged to get tough by reversing looming defense cuts coming at the end of the year, threatening to impose possible new sanctions on iran and by looking for ways to arm the rebels in syria. romney also said he would pursue a two-state solution between the israelis and palestinians, a concept he seemed to diminish at a fund-raiser at was secretly recorded
the theme of this panel, what you recommend in the future as far as how the u.s. should be interacting with those countries, another afghanistan scenario and also the possibility, hopefully we won't be intervening any time soon directly, however, what i am curious about is if that's intervention does not happen, what would be the ideal scenario given the other actors in the region and how they are influencing that? >> the sad reality is this is one of those situations where there is no ideal scenario or even a good scenario. that is what i was alluding to when i opened my comments by saying there are situations where there is no good solution. i would commend, some of you may have read a piece by my friend and colleague in the washington post in which he makes the point that the world and especially the middle east is an awfully messy place, in many ways in which the united states can't be expected, no u.s. president could be expected to solve and resolve everything. the blood shed in syria makes all of us shudder. that doesn't mean there is a u.s. policy option that will bring it to a
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